Phantom Thread wins Best Costume Design at Oscars
The dressmaker movie has won the most fitting award.
Mark Bridges won the Academy Award for Best Costume Designer at the 90th Oscars on Sunday for his work on the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed and Daniel Day-Lewis-starring Phantom Thread.
In what proved to be the evening’s shortest acceptance speech, Bridges thanked Anderson “for writing this amazing script and having me design it.” He also praised the cast and his “brilliant, brilliant crew in London, who worked tirelessly to make beautiful dresses and get them on camera.”
Set among the glamour of 1950s post-war London, romantic period drama Phantom Thread tells the story of renowned couturier Reynolds Woodcock living with his sister (played by English actress Lesley Manville), who manages the day-to-day running of his luxury fashion house. Reynolds spends his time designing dresses and garments for members of high society with his easy charm and charisma being rivaled only by his need for control. After falling for and beginning a relationship with a young waitress (Vicky Krieps), he soon makes her his muse, only for her to later hold a much darker presence in his life.
The film beat out competition from Consolata Boyle for Victoria & Abdul, Jacqueline Durran for Beauty and the Beast and Darkest Hour, and Luis Sequeira for The Shape of Water.
Backstage, Bridges spoke to reporters about collaborating with Day-Lewis, whom he described a “consummate artist.”
He added that the actor “did not want to plan ahead what he was going to wear. So we created a closet for him, and Paul wanted him to choose daily what he would pull from his closet and wear. So that was a new one on me. A little nerve-wracking at first, but we all trust each other so much at this point. … And the fact that I’d been in on creating that wardrobe, I was fine with it, and I think as long as Paul felt we were feeding Daniel nourishment for his character, it was fine. And that’s why I’m there, too, to help aid that performance.”
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